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La Duchesse de Marlborough, Consuelo Vanderbilt. c. 1901. Drypoint. 21 1/2 x 13 3/4 (sheet 24 3/8 x 12 3/4). Housed in a silk mat with a gold liner, in a gold leaf frame that measures 31 1/2 x 22 1/2. A rich impression printed on white wove paper with full margins. This portrait is the artist's master work. Signed in pencil in the image. Housed in 33 1/2 x 24 1/4-inch antique black lacquer and gilt picture frame with applied gilt decorations. $19,000.
Madame Helleu Looking at Watteau drawings at the Louvre. (En regardant les Watteau de Louvre). c. 1895. Drypoint printed in 2 colors - black and sepia. 11 3/4 x 15 7/8. Goncourt 3, de Montesquiou LXI, Bibliothèque National Inventaire 48. Printed with light plate tone on Van Gelder Zonen laid paper with large, full margins, signed in red chalk The plate is also known as Les Trois Crayons de Watteau. Helleu places his wife, Alice Guérin, before the elegantly-framed Watteau watercolors. Housed in a gold-lipped silk mat and a 20 x 24 1/2-inch gold leaf frame suggestove of those in the Louvre. $10,000.
Le Noeud Bleu (The Hat with the Blue Bow). c. 1905. Drypoint printed in four colors (black, brown, blue, red). Montesquiou 40. 33 x 25 (sheet 27 1/8 x 18 7/8). Edition 80. A fine impression with subtle colors. Signed in pencil. Housed in a classic gold leaf frame with an archival French mat. This portrait of Miss Madeleine Dolley, a famous beauty, comedienne, and dancer from the Folies-Bergėre, is one of Helleu's most delightful images. $5,500.
Portrait of Whistler with the Monacle. 1897. Drypoint. 13 3/4 x 10 1/4 (sheet 16 3/4 x 11 5/8). A carefully wiped impression with plate tone, from the canceled plate (there were only 28 impressions before the plate was canceled), printed on cream laid paper. A delightful portrait of Helleu's colleague and friend, Whistler. $1,750.
Helleu had a classical education in the Ecole des Beaux-Arts from 1870 under Jean-Lėon Gėrome. However, in his maturity he began to paint en plein-air in an Impressionist style and Degas invited him to exhibit at the Impressionist exhibition of 1886. In this year James Tissot, appointed Helleu his artistic successor, giving him the diamond he had used for his drypoints. Helleu made a considerable reputation producing portraits of fashionable figures in this medium.
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